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Upcoming Events in Asheville North Carolina


January

1 - 3 Annual Best of Our State - The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa presents an annual festival celebrating North Carolina music, history, storytelling, food, art and humor.

Address: 290 Macon Ave. , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@groveparkinn.com
Web: www.groveparkinn.com

11 - 13 Annual Big Band/Swing Dance Weekend - As the saying goes, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." So each year we've held this special event, we've made sure you have all you'll need for a great time. The Glenn Miller Orchestra & The Artie Shaw Orchestra provide a weekend of swinging big band music!

Bring your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor for a weekend of great big band music plus Saturday morning dance instruction, Saturday afternoon tea dance and enough Big Band melodies to satisfy any Big Band/Swing Dance lover.

Address: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Grand Ballroom, 290 Macon Ave. , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@groveparkinn.com
Web: www.groveparkinn.com

18 - 20 Annual All That Jazz Weekend - All That Jazz weekend has earned national recognition as one of the premiere jazz festivals of the southeast. Join us for performances from the always popular John Pizzarelli and from GRAMMY-award winner David Sanborn.

Evening and afternoon concerts in our Grand Ballroom, numerous jazz performers in our Great Hall all weekend long, "Meet the Artists" receptions, and a Saturday morning jazz clinic all combine to make this weekend so rich, it will satisfy even the most discriminating jazz enthusiast.

Address: 290 Macon Ave. , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@groveparkinn.com
Web: www.groveparkinn.com

February

7 - 9 Annual Arts & Crafts Antique Show and Conference - Enrich your knowledge of Arts & Crafts.
Recognized for its dedication to the education of the collector, the weekend blends informative talks with an immense show of furniture and collectibles. Providing inspiration is The Grove Park Inn's own rich Arts & Crafts tradition, which lives on throughout the resort, from our Old Hickory rockers to the Roycroft chandeliers.

Address: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa - 290 Macon Ave. , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@groveparkinn.com
Fee: Fee

March

15 - 17 Annual Heritage Ballroom DanceSport Championships - Say you like to dance, yet you've always been curious about how good you are? Perhaps it's time to find out. Our annual DanceSport Championship weekend is a wonderful way to compete and have a great time.

Address: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
290 Macon Ave.
, Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Fee

28 - 4 Annual Comedy Classic Weekend - Celebrate two decades of laughter and unparalleled comedy with hosts John Boy & Billy at the Annual Comedy Classic. Package options include an exclusive party, breakfast in bed, show tickets, resort accommodations and more. Don't miss this special weekend of a thousand laughs! Book your package now! This one will sell out fast! Entertainment to be announced.

Address: The Grove Park Inn Grand Ballroom
290 Macon Ave.
, Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@groveparkinn.com
Fee: Fee

April

24 - 22 Asheville Downtown Galleries Art Walk - Take a self-guided tour and explore the diversity of art in downtown Asheville.

Address: Downtown Asheville , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)258-0710 (Always call and confirm events)

26 - 29 Sunset Mountain Spring featuring The Decorated Birdhouse Competition - The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa presents its annual spring celebration and birdhouse competition.

Address:
290 Macon Ave.
, Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)

19 - 21 Easter Weekend at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa - Celebrate the holiday in classic tradition.

It's difficult to say who cherishes the quiet joys of this holiday more - children or adults. Our Easter Worship Service is followed by The Great Easter Egg Hunt and a gala Easter Brunch Buffet to complete the weekend.

Address: 290 Macon Ave. , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)

May

5 The Annual Biltmore Estate/Kiwanis 15K and 5K Classic Race - Runners mark your calendars for Sunday, 7:15am for the Annual Biltmore Estate 5K/15K Classic Race. Both races are run entirely on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate.

Address: One Approach Road , Asheville, North Carolina
Email: happenings@biltmore.com
Fee: Fee

17 - 19 Mountain Sports Festival - The Mountain Sports Festival is a three day festival supporting the Western North Carolina Outdoor Industry. One of the biggest resources in Western North Carolinas is its outdoors. Outdoor enthusiasts travel from all over the world to kayak, fish, climb, bike and hike in the amazing scenery of these mountains. The Mountain Sports Festival celebrates our biggest resource and promotes healthy living

The Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville features pro amateur level competitions in paddling, adventure racing, cycling, running, disc golf, climbing and many other events. Demonstrations and beginner level events in various sports educate and entertain anyone in attendance. Live music from Noon to 9pm each day.

Address: Carrier Park, Asheville, NC , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-606-2702 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tyler.a.donaldson@gmail.com
Web: www.mountainsportsfestival.com
Fee: Free

June

24 - 22 Asheville Downtown Galleries Art Walk - Take a self-guided tour and explore the diversity of art in downtown Asheville.

Address: Downtown Asheville , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)258-0710 (Always call and confirm events)

22 - 24 Shindig on the Green - A joyously spontaneous celebration of traditional and old-time string bands, ballad singers, storytellers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers on summer Saturday evenings, July and August, in downtown Asheville, NC. Stage show and informal jam sessions. The stage shows will take place on the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation's longest running folk festival.

Ph: (828)258-6101 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@folkheritage.org
Web: www.folkheritage.org

July

4 4th of July Celebration - What could be better than spending Independence Day with your family and friends in downtown Asheville? Music, food and family fun celebrate the entire day of patriotic festivities, highlighted by a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

Address: City-County Plaza, Downtown Asheville , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-251-9973 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.exploreasheville.com

4 - 7 July 4th Weekend - View the fireworks from Sunset Mountain. A classic place to spend this classic summer holiday. Our Fourth of July celebration is filled with family fun, pool parties and games for the kids. Enjoy our family-style summertime buffet and concert series featuring regional favorites.

Address: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Ave. , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@groveparkinn.com
Web: www.groveparkinn.com

11 - 14 Annual Summer Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands - The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has been an eagerly anticipated 4-day event each July and October in the mountains since 1948. Over 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

The fair showcases the rich diversity of original crafts created by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a non-profit organization with over 900 members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. To become a member of the Guild, craftspeople must have their work juried and accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design and craftsmanship.

Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Address: US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-298-7928 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.southernhighlandguild.org

August

24 - 23 Asheville Downtown Galleries Art Walk - Take a self-guided tour and explore the diversity of art in downtown Asheville.

Address: Downtown Asheville , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)258-0710 (Always call and confirm events)

25 - 27 Annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival - The nation's longest running folk festival. The annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region's traditional and old-time musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers, ballad singers and storytellers. 7:00p.m. nightly at Diana Wortham Theater. First weekend in August.

Address: 2 S. Pack Square (Pack Place) , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)257-4530 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@folkheritage.org
Web: www.folkheritage.org
Fee: Adults $20, Children (12 & under) $10. 3-day packages available.

16 - 18 GoomBay! Festival - GoomBay is an African-Caribbean festival, located in downtown Asheville, that lives up to its West African name, meaning rhythm or drum, with rhythmic sounds and colorful sights. Sponsored by the YMI Cultural Center. From steel drums, African-America dancers, local gospel groups, and contemporary rhythm Bands to an authentic Caribbean meal at "Island of Delight" Café, come see vendors line the streets with everything from ice cream to third world crafts.

Address: 39 S. Market St , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-252-4614 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.ymicc.org/

September

31 Carolinas Dahlia Society Annual Show and Garden Harvest Festival - Hundreds of dahlia blooms in magnificent colors and multi-bloom varieties bouquets are on display at the NC Arboretum. Enjoy demonstrations, walks and family activities. The second Saturday in September.

Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)665-2492 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: achandler@ncarboretum.org

14 Annual Brewgrass Festival - A blend of great regional micro brewed beers and bluegrass acts. Both traditional and alternative bluegrass acts represented at this annual event. 1PM – 7 PM.

Address: Memorial Stadium , Asheville, North Carolina
Email: tickets@brewgrassfestival.com
Web: brewgrassfestival.com/

20 - 22 Asheville Quilt Show - This annual event features more than 260 quilts from many states and worldwide. Also includes demonstrations, a Merchant's Mall and a boutique of handmade items.
New location: Just off I-26 across from the airport; WNC Agriculture Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC.

Address: WNC Agriculture Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-298-2560 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.ashevillequiltguild.org

October

23 RiverSculpture Festival - RiverSculpture, Asheville's annual juried exhibit of contemporary outdoor sculpture, will remain open to the public in French Broad River Park an extra 30 days--through November. For more information go to RiverSculpture.com

Address: Amboy and Lyman Street , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-225-3766 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: ashevillearts.com
Fee: FREE

23 Asheville Downtown Galleries Art Walk - Take a self-guided tour and explore the diversity of art in downtown Asheville.

Address: Downtown Asheville , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)258-0710 (Always call and confirm events)

5 - 6 Annual Bonsai Exposition - The Carolina Bonsai Expo features the juried work of bonsai enthusiasts from bonsai clubs in a six-state region of the United States. Every year the Expo includes free educational programming, workshops, a bonsai marketplace featuring plants, pots, tools and books for sale, ikebana displays and a live auction of bonsai and bonsai-related items.

Address: North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)665-2492 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: adinman@ncarboretum.org
Web: www.ncarboretum.org/

10 - 13 Annual Fall Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands - The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has been an eagerly anticipated 4-day event each July and October in the mountains since 1948. Over 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

The fair showcases the rich diversity of original crafts created by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, a non-profit organization with over 900 members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. To become a member of the Guild, craftspeople must have their work juried and accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design and craftsmanship.

Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Address: US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-298-7928 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.southernhighlandguild.org

12 - 13 North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show - A familiar fall tradition at the NC Arboretum, this juried show highlights the wealth of flowers so reminiscent of the autumn season from the smallest "button mums" to giant "football mums," with exceptional variety, size and color.

Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)665-2492 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: adinman@ncarboretum.org
Web: www.ncarboretum.org/
Fee: Free with parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle)

November

24 - 22 RiverSculpture Festival - RiverSculpture, Asheville's annual juried exhibit of contemporary outdoor sculpture, will remain open to the public in French Broad River Park an extra 30 days--through November. For more information go to RiverSculpture.com

Address: Amboy and Lyman Street , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-225-3766 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: ashevillearts.com
Fee: FREE

24 - 27 Annual Asheville Cinema Festival - The Asheville Cinema Festival (replacing, but not related to the former Asheville Film Festival) presents 40 films with a mix of feature-length movies and shorts. Downtown Asheville viewing venues will be Asheville Community Theatre, the Masonic Temple theater and Lexington Avenue Brewery's back performance room. Opening and closing night events are at the Biltmore Grande cinema at Biltmore Park in south Asheville.

Ph: (828)259-5800 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: parks@ashevillenc.gov
Web: www.exploreasheville.com

29 - 22 The National Gingerbread House Competition & Display - Last year Grove Park Inn & Spa had 290 gingerbread masterpieces from across the country. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations - strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit.

Address:
290 Macon Ave.
, Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)252-2711 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@groveparkinn.com
Fee: Fee

1 - 23 Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore Estate - George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House on Christmas 1895. An enchanted spell falls over Biltmore House as day darkens into dusk. Get swept away by holiday music, garlands, poinsettias, dozens of Christmas trees and a magnificent 35-foot tall live Fraser fir. Carols from choirs and ensembles fill the halls with festive sounds. Through November-December

Address: One Approach Road , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)274-6333 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: happenings@biltmore.com
Web: www.biltmore.com
Fee: Tickets by reservation

9 Light Up Your Holidays - Multicultural event officially rings in the season with a holiday sampler of music, dance, theatre, community caroling and a brilliant fireworks finale. A treat for kids of all ages!

Address: City-County Plaza , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: (828)251-9973 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.exploreasheville.com

17 - 22 Christmas at Biltmore Estate - George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House on Christmas 1895. An enchanted spell falls over Biltmore House as day darkens into dusk. Get swept away by holiday music, garlands, poinsettias, dozens of Christmas trees and a magnificent 35-foot tall live Fraser fir. Carols from choirs and ensembles fill the halls with festive sounds. Through December

Address: One Approach Road , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-225-1333 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: happenings@biltmore.com
Web: www.biltmore.com
Fee: Fee

December

24 Christmas at the Old Kentucky Home - Evening tours, parlor music and holiday decorations bring to life the sights and sounds of an early 20th century Christmas at the Old Kentucky Home.

Address: 52 North Market St. , Asheville, North Carolina
Ph: 828-253-8304 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: contactus@wolfememorial.com
Fee: Fee

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